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A plane took off from Livermore Municipal Airport and crashed shortly after takeoff. The two seater, hand builit plane was only in the air for a short time when it banked and then crashed into a field. The plane crash happened on Saturday morning.

The Europa XS two-seater left around 8:30 a.m. and climbed 200 to 300 feet when the pilot made a 180-degree turn in an apparent attempt to come back to the airport, said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

The plane nose-dived into a grassy field between the airport and Las Positas Golf Course, said Sean Chapman, acting battalion chief with the Livermore/Pleasanton Fire Department.

“Unfortunately there was nothing we could do to save those folks aboard,” he said. “There was no chance of survivability for this crash.”

The pilot and his passenger were killed. No flight plan was filed. The accident is still under investigation.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Airlines, Cruises, Buses, and Other Mass Transit.

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